How to Buy The Right Tires for Your Car

May 19th, 2012 | Car Hacks | car, tips, tires


If you have never had to buy new tires for your car before it can be hard to know just where to begin. Replacing your worn tires with just the right new ones is crucial, the way your car drives and how safe it is depends on you making the right buying decision! Don't be too daunted though, its not as hard as you might think! Here are some important basic tips.

Your Car Tire's Code
If you look at the side of your tire you will see a series of letters and numbers that although they are small are very important. These act as the tire's 'serial number' and can give whatever dealer you choose to buy your new tires from all the information they need to find you the right model.


Buy Your Tires at the Right Time
A lot of people wait to buy new tires until the spring comes when hopefully the winter weather is over. This can be a mistake though. The problem is that as a tire wears usually the dry traction actually increases but the wet traction decreases. Therefore buying tires in the fall makes a lot more sense, especially in terms of safety while driving.

Beware of the Dealership
Some people, especially those who are not very mechanically minded, will simply take their car back to the dealership they bought it from when they need new tires and have them replace them for them. That can be an expensive mistake though as often tires from a dealership can cost twice as much as buying them anywhere else!

Stick to the Stores
Probably the very best place to buy new tires for almost any kind of vehicle is a local tire store. The prices tend to be far more reasonable and the staff are usually very knowledgeable and will be able to explain all of the options available to you as most cars can use two or three different types of day and still meet the car makers specifications.